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From lesson plans and student development to grading and proctoring, teaching is one of the most demanding jobs out there. And it can also be demanding financially — some teachers struggle to afford local housing costs comfortably, and some school districts receive support from municipal bodies.
There are some places, though, where it is less difficult in this regard to be a teacher than in others. That’s why SmartAsset analyzed data from various sources to find the best U.S. metro areas to be a teacher.
To find the best places to be a teacher, SmartAsset looked at the 132 largest U.S. metro areas for which data was available. Specifically, we compared the metro areas across the following nine metrics:
- Teachers as a percentage of the workforce. Data is for 2019.
- Average income. This is the average income for teachers for 2019.
- Income growth. This is the percentage change in average incomes for teachers from 2018 to 2019.
- Employment growth. This is the percentage change in the number of people employed as teachers from 2018 to 2019.
- Spending per student. Data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 Public Elementary-Secondary Education Finance Data.
- Housing costs. Data comes from the Census Bureau’s 2018 one-year American Community Survey.
- Student-to-teacher ratio. Data is for the 2018-2019 school year and comes from the Elementary/Secondary Information System, published by the National Center for Education Statistics.
- Unemployment rate. Data is for May 2020.
- Percentage of homes with internet access. Data comes from the Census Bureau’s 2018 one-year American Community Survey.
Data comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics unless otherwise noted.
To create the final score, we ranked each metro area in each metric. We found each metro area’s average ranking, giving equal weighting to each metric. Then we used this average ranking to create our final score.
The metro area with the best average ranking received a 100. The metro area with the worst average received a 0.
Following are the best metropolitan areas to be a teacher.